In Recognition of his efforts to protect human rights, his commitment to education and his work advancing opportunities for all people, President Barack Obama was presented May 7, 2014 with the Ambassador for Humanity Award by Steven Spielberg, USC trustee and founder of USC Shoah Foundation-The Institute for Visual History and Education.
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As the field of Genocide studies continues to grow and expand across many academic fields, Universities and Colleges have started to create programs of study to accommodate and support this growing discipline and focus. Historians, Political Scientists, International Studies Majors, and Sociologists are among the many who seek a Masters and/or Doctoral Degree in this field. Here are just a few of the schools in the United States.
Clark College‘s Strassler Center in Massachusetts
Yale University‘s Genocide Studies Program in Connecticut
West Chester University Holocaust and Genocide Studies program in New York
And just announced and linked to the Shoah Foundation, the University of Southern California will be opening A Center for Advanced Genocide Research.
This year was the 99th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. As we think about this event in world history, an event that prompted Raphael Lemkin to create the word Genocide, let us remember the victims of this event and remember their stories.
As a small educational project here at Portland State University, one of our aims is to increase awareness of other community organizations who have similar aims as our own.
Did you know that at NW 18th and Kearney, we have our very own Oregon Holocaust Resource Center? This is headed up by Director Sonia Marie Leikam, an educator trained by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Yad Vashem AND a member of the HGS Project Advisory board!
We also have The Oregon Peace Institute whose mission statement is
To promote and make available education and resources for peace and nonviolent conflict resolution in individual, community, national, global and environmental contexts. We seek the widest possible collaboration and cooperation with others to achieve our purpose.
The Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization‘s mission is to promote the integration of refugees, immigrants, and the community at large into a self-sufficient, healthy, and inclusive multiethnic society.
Yom HaShoah or the day of Holocaust Remembrance is an event that occurs in early spring of each year. Portland has an active Holocaust Survivors community who along with the Oregon Holocaust Resource Center, put on a beautiful and touching service each year. This year, there is a weekend of events surrounding Yom HaShoah entitled ReShaping the World after the Holocaust, including two workshops here at Portland State University on Sunday, April 27th. Rabbi Yitz Greenberg is the key note speaker and he and Blu Greenberg will be leading the two workshops. These two events are free of charge and all are welcome.